Saturday, February 26, 2011

Some Questions & Answers about David's Injury


(AP Photo)

On Thursday night the news came about David's new injury. And that in spite of this injury, he's still planning to play Davis Cup next week. Since then, there have been a number of articles and speculations but no statement from David himself. So here's my attempt at answering some of the most important questions in this context - as far as that's possible at the moment...

What kind of injury does David have?
The initial info, as delivered by Guillermo Salatino, was that David is suffering from an "inguinal sports hernia on the left side". Since then, it's been described as a sports hernia in some articles (e.g. Fue Buena) and as an inguinal hernia in others (e.g. Cancha Llena/La Nacion).
The problem here is that sports hernia and inguinal hernia are two different conditions. At the moment, it's not completely clear, which one David has.
The following paragraph describes the difference between the two:
A sports hernia occurs when there is a weakening of the muscles or tendons of the lower abdominal wall. This part of the abdomen is the same region where an inguinal hernia occurs, called the inguinal canal. When an inguinal hernia occurs there is sufficient weakening of the abdominal wall to allow a pouch, the hernia, to be felt. In the case of a sports hernia, the problem is due to a weakening in the same abdominal wall muscles, but there is no palpable hernia.
That it reportedly took several years for David to get diagnosed correctly makes it seem likely that David has a sports hernia, as it's much more difficult to identify (due to the lack of a palpable "pouch"). Another factor that seems to support this view is that for the time being, David's doctors (including Ruiz-Cotorro), apart from wanting to conduct further tests, are favouring a conservative treatment. Which is apparently the standard procedure for treating a sports hernia.
The initial treatment of a sports hernia is always conservative in hopes that the symptoms will resolve. Resting from activity, anti-inflammatory medications, ice treatments, and physical therapy can all be tried in an effort to alleviate the patient's symptoms. (Source; also quote above)
However, if the symptoms don't resolve, the usual way of dealing both with a sports hernia and an inguinal hernia is surgery, generally in form of an endoscopic procedure. Recovery and rehabilitation normally take 2-3 months in case of a sports hernia (a couple of months longer for inguinal hernia - for athletes).
In other words, even if for the moment David can continue playing and he's not considering surgery at this point, he may not be able to avoid it in the long run.

What's going to happen now?
Tomorrow night, David will arrive back in Buenos Aires and meet up with the rest of the Davis Cup team. Next week, in the days leading up to the Davis Cup tie, it will be a mix of physical and tennis training for David, combined with physiotherapy and probably treatment.
Apparently, David will play singles on Friday (against either Victor Crivoi or Adrian Ungur). Whether or not he will play a second singles rubber on Sunday will depend on how he feels after the first match.

And what's going to happen after the Davis Cup tie?
According to Cancha Llena, David is still planning to play Indian Wells and Miami - depending on the state he's in after the Davis Cup tie and probably also the results of further examinations. Whether he will be able to play these two Masters events and what's going to become of David's (shortened) clay swing in Europe - that's impossible to say right now. We'll have to wait and see...

46 comments:

  1. Well, I'd say there's at least an 80% chance of Nalbandian pulling out of IW and Miami after the DC tie against Romania, and if he does play IW, he'll get through maybe a round or two and probably lose due to injury.

    Then, the press conference will come announcing that he needs surgery with the assurance that he will do everything necessary to be ready for the DC quarters in July, including skipping those petty events known as Roland Garros and Wimbledon which mean absolutely nothing compared to Davis Cup.

    Enjoy seeing this script unfold, folks.

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  2. This is now the third straight year (2009, 2010, 2011) where we've talked more about injuries than matches. There's a word for that pattern: retirement.

    Julia's right about one thing: He's going to build the schedule for the rest of his career around Davis Cup, and anything else including those petty Grand Slams and even pettier Masters Events will only be added as an afterthought (unless it's the super-important Copa Claro). DC baby!!!! Nothing but DC!!!

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  3. Great post, as usual.
    Still, in the middle he had a surgery in his hip... I can't understand how they didn't detect the sports hernia.
    Another thing to take in consideration David had two abdominal tears in the past (04 and 06), and if I don't remember wrong someone at that time talked about cm not mm. Even if the muscle heals, it doesn't regenerate the fibres as far I understand it only leaves a scar in that muscle (sorry for the english, people, but if normally is horrible trying to translate or talk in medical terms is worst). And i think I read at that time that Barrionuevo (his PF in that moment) said he was going to train like before the abdominal area. And I even remember some interview about David having to gain more weight to try to protect the muscle. Thing that I never understood, but I have to agree that when he loses weight, he indeed has more problems (a lot of them: hip and this hernia came from 07 when he lost weight with Jaite).
    Don't know
    He is going to play not matter what (we know him) and also, just to show how lucky we are, the romanian double made it to the Acapulco final... And Zeballos, our better double player is out, wich left Schwank and Chelo who made it to Wimbledon SF, but never player together after that.
    We'll have to wait, but I'm feeling some 08 Sweeden-argentina Deja Vu vibre here
    Hope I'm wrong.

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  4. Chris, I'm obviously also right about another thing. What you want is for David to prove you and those ideas you have about him right. That is, quite literally, all you care about.
    So you can't even look beyond what this injury means for your personal expectations.

    And thanks, Anna.

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  5. Frankly I am getting slightly bored and dissapointed of these injuries. Because of this new problem, Im afraid we may never see Nalbandian back to his best. I hope im wrong and he does though.

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  6. Dont be so negative Chris,injurys happen,its a part of sports,could Nalby be more fit,of course he could but he isnt,we shall see what happens during the Davis Cup tie,maybe Argentina wins 3-0 and he doesnt even have to play the 2 singles rubber.Also if the injury isnt that bad theres no reason to skip IW and Miami but we should talk about that after DC and after we see him actually play.

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  7. Anonymous - it IS boring and disappointing to follow a player who keeps getting injured, but it happens. Playing high-level sports is risky. Even the ones who eventually retire due to age - but apparently physically sound - often suffer many physical problems as they age, which those of us who only have "normal wear-and-tear" don't have to put up with. We often aren't aware of this, because the athletes are out of the limelight by then.

    The athletes who don't suffer the sort of injuries that prevent them fulfilling their potential are probably in the minority.

    All we can hope for, I suppose, is that David is able and willing to manage his physical problems as well as he can - and without letting his desire for Davis Cup glory rule his head and ruin his health.

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  8. it is horrible how injuries can destroy the career of extramely talented player .The same happened with guga kuerten, magnus Norman, Mario Ancic,Marat Safin etc.I hope nalby will be able to avoid that,but it is going to be very hard for him after another long injury.

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  9. People, the past year injuries were expected. He was out for 9 month. Getting to compete again at that level causes minor injuries because the body is not adjusted. And before someone compares that with Del Potro's don't forget someone: Del Potro could train, walk and everything normal. He even trainned during that time at the gym his arms and shoulders... David couldn't even walk. Until november he was orderer to not run. He only could do the exercises for his hip. Until now there are things he can't do. I don't see anything weird if at November he couldn't run and in January doing a full trainning he got a tear. He came bach playing on clay... a surface e was told to avoid, but it was the ATP of Argentina, wanted to play in home, but he was told that he was going to suffer several minor injuries and worst in clay. He goes and plays on clay. After that he goes andplays for Argentina, without him being full recovered for the DC(5 set).. after that the clay season starts. The one surface he must avoid, and with a ranking that makes him go against tough players since the beggining. Again, not weird an injury. He choose the DC over coming back in Wimbledon. In terms of tournaments it was crazy, but in terms of surface, it was wise. He goes witout problems and he makes a great hard season. The onyl illogical injury after his surgery is this.
    And I'll repeat it again, because I still can't understand how nobody saw it if it's there since 07. Like I said, that zone was touched by everyone, he got several test and studies not only for the hip but also te whole part... nobody saw it?

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  10. The article I quoted in my post explains why it's so difficult to diagnose a sports hernia - you can't see it, there's no protrusion like with an inguinal hernia. You also can't touch it and feel that there's something wrong. Which is also why it often gets mistaken for something else.

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  11. I got that, Julia. But it's not like he was simply examined and they didn't find it. We're talking about a surgery and a lot of tests, estudies, etc (before and after) that exceed the normal for control, even for these kind of players. More when already they thought that was the problem at first. Maybe they wanted to treat one problem at time, maybe that's the logical procedural in proffesionals... I don't know.
    Right, now, we only can wait. Diego Rodriguez must be getting really crazy, hitting his head against a wall. I got comments from people that work in that area and they say he's almost a genius, that with another, David could'nt have make it that well. Still the guy really works for his money ;)

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  12. I should've been more clear with my last comment. It takes a specific procedure, a laparoscopy, to detect it. And that's something David didn't get until a couple of days ago.

    But yeah, busy days ahead for Diego Rodriguez...

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  13. Very informative post, Julia. I wish the diagnosis was more definitive, but of course with David, how could he be so lucky? So if it's a sports hernia, let's hope he can tolerate the pain level and not need surgery. In some ways, though, I wish it was an inguinal hernia. Then he'd know for sure he'd have to get it repaired. Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best outcome. Also, it looks like that tall guy from Tandil is making a real comeback.

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  14. Thanks, John. From what I've read, both kinds usually end in surgery. Only that with the sports hernia, it's possible to wait longer and to suppress the symptoms. Whether he'll try to wait (if it's sports hernia) or go for surgery, maybe after DC or IW/Miami - we'll see.

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  15. I guess the diagnosis probably is clear. And that it's more of a communication problem.

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  16. No agree with Julia I think it's the media that writes inguinal and not sports.
    It's funny the things they could say: someone in the past wrote that David had a surgery on his back (...)
    To be honest, I'm not sure what I'd preffer. Because with the sports hernia is again expecting the pain appear in any time. Like some stand by situation. With the other one, there's only way. But even if he can play, I don't see David playing the clay season. If he doesn't need for now a surgery, with the hernia and the hip? I already think he's out of RG: 5 sets on clay? Better skip it and play Wimbledon. So if he's going to avoid the major part of the tournaments (and that's the more optimistic situation) for weeks and going to play RG is like asking for some problem/pain? I think he better get the job done and come back without any kind of pain. Even if it's time out again.
    I don't see David at his age wanting to go through all the suffering and not knowing what to expect in the middle of the match, like it happened with his hip. I don't say that he'll be happier with not playing for months again, but at least that way he wouldn't be waiting for the pain to appear.
    Don't know

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  17. I meant, I Agree with Julia. My cat decided to walk in my keyboard...

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  18. After the latest news about the "sports hernia" I am pretty much content to just say that I will never see Nalbandian go in deep in a significant tournament again. He'll play in Davis Cup (or the more appropriately named David/Daveed Cup) a few more times and that'll be it folks.

    He obviously does not care at all about events outside of Davis Cup, and even with him being passionate about DC, it is absolutely absurd and unheard of to basically not care at all about anything individual. No top players - including the guys who have won Davis Cups - think that way.

    The chances of him playing Indian Wells and Miami are, like I said, less than 20%, but that's probably going too far. Enjoy the Romania matches because you probably won't get to see him until Argentina plays the DC quarters in July. They'll probably lose that tie and then Nalbandian will retire because, well, the rest of the season is just boring and meaningless. It's just petty Masters Events and the US Open. Plus, one MS Event is even in China, which would require a 12-hour flight.

    The only thing Nalbandian will take a break from within his retirement is to continue to play with the Delpo-less Davis Cup team. Maybe he'll even play a tour event - the Copa Claro, but I doubt it.

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  19. I'm sure you'd much rather prefer that everything happens as you predicted, rather than David actually getting any better. It's all about the predictions, isn't it, and you somehow thinking you're some kind of genius. Arrogance is a very obnoxious personality trait, as is being too blind to notice when proven wrong.

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  20. Sorry I didn't mean to imply that you were like Federer, as he has more reason to be proud of his achievements. Most of us don't feel the need to gloat, especially when it comes to discussing a tennis player and his career. I have a separate life outside of watching David. I have my own achievements and other things to worry about. Whereas it seems like you have nothing else to do other than to obsess over every little thing David does. Well, at least this potential break will be good for you. It will give room to think about other things. :) Perhaps try to pay more attention to what happens around you, like what opinions other people have. At least there will be one potential positive out of all this. :) The unfortunate thing is that you can't rant or complain about things in your life, without guilt, thinking that you can't do anything to change it.

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  21. Krystle,I dont think that you should call Chris a fanboy who all he does in life is think about Nalbandian.I mean the guy is more critical of Davids moves than the rest of us here but still I dont think you should make fun of him.

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  22. Krystle, that is territory I don't think you should go on. First, this is not my blog; if anyone is obsessed with David, it is the person who created it. Second, I did not know this blog existed for the first few years "Julia" had it up. If I was that obsessed, I certainly would have found it sooner. Third, on the last thread about David's injury, I had a total of one post out of 70-some and that was it. At this point, I could not care less about Nalbandian's injuries. He has completely mismanaged his career and wasted his talent. It's plain as day. Things are now so bad that if someone wants him to do well at a tournament, they must be chided for "unreasonable expectations" and not understanding what's really important to "David".

    I hope you're proud of your "separate life", whatever it amounts to. I certainly have one and, as far as sports go, I am interested in far more than just tennis.

    If there's one thing we all have in common on this blog, it's that we like watching Nalbandian play and we hope he does well. Other than that, we don't know each other one bit. You showed your own bad manners and immaturity by taking this conversation off of that track.

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  23. Adrian, there is no need to intervene. I could not care less what Krystle says because her comments have nothing to do with reality.

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  24. The fact is, Chris, you wind a lot of people up on here. This used to be a friendly place to be.

    You bore us to death with your constant repetition of what you think stops David being the player you want him to be, and you have upset the people on here who care about him, by using his latest problems as a way to gloat about being right (in your own opinion) - which seems incredibly important to you.

    We may not know each other in real life, but of course we can form opinions from each other's written words. "Bad manners" is not a term I would associate with Krystle. She is just one of several people who have tried in vain to discourage you from posting such unpleasant stuff, because she cares about this blog and the people who use it.

    It doesn't seem as though anybody is likely to get through to you - as many have said, you quite evidently totally lack the ability to see things from anyone else's point of view.

    Dare I hope that this statement:
    "At this point, I could not care less about Nalbandian's injuries. He has completely mismanaged his career and wasted his talent. It's plain as day." means that you have finally given up following David, and will now go away and leave us in peace?

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  25. I just read what both of you have said, Chris, and I have to disagree. Most of the comments YOU have made have no basis in reality. You seem to think that, if David did this or that, things would be perfect. In your corner of the world, maybe. In the real world, things are not that simple.

    With regard to your obsession with David (which it is, by the way, whether you choose to believe it or not), you're way too over the top. And to suggest that Julia is the one with the obsession is a straw man argument that you would do well to abandon. You are not making yourself look very good.

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  26. And one more thing: Chris, you sound just like folks on a certain forum that absolutely cannot stand a player (I suspect this is the case with you) but will frequent websites, blogs, and other discussion forums where this player's name appears. At the very least, this is stupid. Why would you spend time doing that? Why not use the energy and the time frequenting sites of your favorites instead of those that are not? And at the most, this is detrimental to the people who actually support that player, bringing their energy level down. So, that end, my advice to you is to frequent sites of your absolute favorite players instead of this one because it's obvious that you are wasting your time and ours.

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  27. Do you even know what a straw-man argument is? It's falsely attributing to someone a position that can easily be refuted. When have I watered down anybody's ideas or misrepresented them? Never. I may seek to refute them, but I never misrepresent them, because I don't feel the need to.

    And the fact remains, this is not my blog. I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined creating a blog about another person and updating it daily. Nonetheless, I have praised Julia many times for her good reporting and responsible research for what is an unofficial site.

    I watch tennis on a regular basis and have been for well over ten years. The vast majority of matches I watch are not Nalbandian's and I regularly discuss non-Nalbandian related tennis matters, just not here, because well, would that make much sense?

    I also follow other sports, specifically basketball, and in much more detail. I spend far more time thinking about it than anything tennis-related. As far as tennis goes, I have watched all of the top players for years and I identified Nalbandian's playing style as something elite back around 2003/2004. I actually enjoyed Fed's game the most and watched his matches more than anyone else.

    But I'll just leave it at that. There's nothing more to say. To call expressing opinions or disgust "obsession" just means that you don't even know what the word means. It's not worth addressing.

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  28. "But I'll just leave it at that."

    If only...

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  29. Well, Chris, you are the one who said that Julia was obsessed, not me. And that position can be refuted. So, yes, that IS a straw man. And you have the nerve to cover that up with your "glowing comments?" Really? You do all that while insulting everyone here. Thanks, Chris. You've really made my day.

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  30. And to Istabraq, finally, I will say that it is clearly better for me to not post. You are right, and we can agree on that 100%. I completely and totally agree with you.

    I want Nalbandian to strive for the best and make the most of his immense ability, while you all are just content to stare at "pics" of him in the second round of Auckland matches and be delighted. I want him to win titles, and you want him to get proper therapy for his latest injury so that he can reach the second round of the Copa Claro. Our mindsets are so far apart that there's bound to be disagreement and tension.

    This blog has been informative with respect to Nalbandian's career and how he has made such a waste of his talent, but as far as actual tennis discussion it's not worth visiting anyhow. So, there you go Julia: you can now shoot off an e-mail to everyone saying "he might be gone now, don't respond and he'll just leave". LOL

    Enjoy the DC matches, folks. Enjoy them.

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  31. "If only" is happening, Istabraq. I assure you. Go and celebrate.

    It's the only thing you'll have to celebrate following Nalbandian's career anyway; I'll give you all some joy that way. The DC title ain't even going to happen. Delpo is one of the 99% of players who are more focused on themselves than DC, and he is needed for Argentina to win. But he doesn't care.

    So, for the last time, good-bye.

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  32. *clap clap* and the door slams shut...

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  33. Looks like Im in a vast minority but I think that Chris is ok,he disagrees with most people here but since Ive been following this Blog I cant remember him actually insulting someone.Chris is just more for a tennis forum than a fan forum like this one.The man knows tennis in my opinion,expect for once saying that Fed and Nadal are inferior to Nalby.Since the people dont want you here Chris,you should try a place like menstennisforum or tenniswarehouse.

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  34. I don't think everything what Chris says is a waste. He is simply to critical and can't forget the sad past and mentions it again and again. I don't think he should repeat the same things, but he has some truths in his opinion. For example, he thinks that playing in Auckland was the problem David lost in AO in the second, you say it was the Hewitt match that caused him an early out, I would say that you are both right. The main problem was the long match against Hewitt, but playing in Auckland had also to do with it, especially because we know how strong Nalbandian physically is. I think Federer mentioned it too after David's 2nd round defeat. And that David is carring for Davis Cup more than for his own career on ATP we know all and we all don't see it ok.

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  35. too many comments since the last time i posted here. I think we really have no idea whats the next step will be. There are many questions yet to be answered, hope David won't give up and retire after this new injury deal, but 1 thing am sure of is that 2011 is not gna be a "good year" for David like we all predicted, not to mention it will be the worst.I too don't like the way David programs his schedule, plays on clay, makes DC sacrifices. But at least i know we can do nothing about it, and we must except it.

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  36. I would recommend menstennisforums.com too.

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  37. I would recommend anyplace but here for Chris.

    Chris may have some valid points among his rhetoric (don't ask me what they are, though, because others have acknowledged them, not me), but his tone is always negative and yes, obsessional to the point of concern. Just my two cents, but Chris seems like the soccer dad that absolutely has to have his son do well, score every goal, win every match, at any cost physically, mentally, emotionally - and that metaphorical son of his is David Nalbandian.

    Let's just think for a moment about what David must be thinking. And how he could be feeling right now. Ok...he had a laparoscopy to his groin. A "let's look and see what we can find in this poor man's groin" procedure. A camera looking for trouble in the body - especially the groin - is not something anyone wants, right?

    Tennis is important to me; I love playing the sport, and I love watching the pros, including David, play it. Before anything, though, David Nalbandian is a flesh and blood person who's had his share of physical problems. How he came to get these injuries and what it means to David's career is less concerning to me than seeing David feel well, and knowing he'll have a relatively pain-free life after retirement, once he does decide to retire.

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  38. Some of the 99% of the player... Good thing Djokovic isn't one of them and actually said that DC helped him a lot the past year to have this great 2001. The same comments came from Verdasco after the 08 finale. Also, excepts injuries, Nadal is there too. Davydenko too. Berdych too. soderling,Tsonga, Monfil... Is it me or I've talking about the top players (except Federer and Murray).

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  39. hm... not nice how you chip Chris away like a blog criminal who insult you all and wants the bad for you.
    And who silents here in last hours he/she is agreed with it what here is happening.

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  40. @ Anna
    yes, you are right, except injuries, but for David even an injury might not stop him, and these players you mention are not thinking every day about Davis Cup. They played there because they had a possibility to do it without losing anything.

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  41. Another thing... the guy we're talking about with a broken hip won three titles, reached three finales (one ATP 500). Did badly at the GS, but rocked at the DC. And all that not having 20 but being "old". So what this hernia could mean? We don't know. He did a lot for 4 years with on/off pain. He also reached finals in Auckland schooling several youngs players. The AO was more related to the bad sleep partern/ stress: he arrived the day before his match against hewitt at 6 am due to plane problems, couldn't train that day and went to face Lleyton without many hours of sleep. After that he could sleep at 7 am this day as he said and he got up early the next day to train some and then he went to play. It wasn't like he was "tired" he was feeling dizzy and couldn't look up because everything was spinning around and more sweating than usual. That's not only being "tired", that's a problem with losing minerals and salts of your body(don't know the terms on english, again sorry), without replacing them. That's why I said decompensation or whatever is called on english. He could drink tons of bottles of Gatorade or similar that it wasn't working. Why? I think that should be a question that his team should look up. I can be the combination of bad sleep patterns with stress from a match like he played and heat. Or could be something else. Like I said at that time. It wasn't Auckland. But I still think medical tests were in order. Before this, in USO 10? he went 5 sets (like I could forget that match...) and after that no problem with the next one, losing against Verdasco playing very well (especially his serve), but he had his chances.
    Now the problem was related to clay more than anything else. I preffer a surgery because I think David had enough of entering a court without knowing if in the middle is going to start the pain. His words after Auckland were more related to the happiness of tournament without pain than anything else. The same after his tittle in Washington and the hard season at US. But, even with 29 years all, if someone with a broken hip could play that final against Federer in Basel, almost reach the MC (if he defended the tittle in Paris)... well, I wouldn't be so pesimistic either. Except on clay, because that's almost a banned surface for him. I preffer the surgery because it will affect his trainning and reduce what he can do physically. But with him you never know.

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  42. I've only been away for one and a half days but it looks like I've missed all the action...

    About my alleged obsession I'd like to say this. This blog began, as I wrote in the About section, as a playground for two David fans. And that it would become as big as it is now I could've never foreseen. That I'm still doing it of course means that I'm a huge David fan. But it also means that I enjoy keeping a blog and all that goes with it, writing, translating etc. So it can be a time-consuming and sometimes also stressful hobby - but it's still just a hobby. And I accept the fact that I have no influence on David's decisions. So I take it as it comes. That approach works very well for me and has done so for a number of years now.

    The point is - you can be as obsessed with David as you like. And you can also be as critical of David as you like. It's not like I've ever kept anybody from posting critical comments on VD. The problems only start if you take yourself and your opinions too seriously and, as a consequence of that, everybody else and their views and feelings not seriously enough. That's what's going to cause trouble in the comments. And that's what happened here.

    Well Chris, in the months since you started posting, I've tried everything I could think of, from answering your questions and trying to discuss things with you to debating and finally having to repeatedly warn you and delete insulting posts that you made. There are only very few rules on this blog but no one has ever breached them as consistently as you have. Therefore, all I can say now is that I hope you'll stay true to your word.

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  43. Ask any doctor about back/hip injuries, they will say mostly it's because of being overweight. If you look at his body, the upper part has more fat that his back and legs can't handle.
    I've said it in the past and I'm saying it again, he is overweight and doesn't care about his diet. Diet is very very important. If burgers, steaks and sodas are his meals, then good luck.
    The best players in the world are skinny and have less fat than muscles. They can play 5 sets and win/lose but that can’t stop them from playing another 5 sets the next day and the day after.

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  44. If you know what his diet consists of then you know more about David than I do.
    While he has been overweight at times in the past, I think he's okay now. And has been ever since his hip surgery. He's simply not the skinny type. But I don't think you can blame him for that.

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  45. Yeah, I always wondered what his diet is, but nobody knows what that is. I personally don't think it's bad, but maybe he does like to eat (good food that is).

    He's maybe a little overweight, but it's not excessive. He has a lot of muscle!! Shoulders and back is super strong so don't confuse that with fat.

    I was pretty impressed that he lasted the marathon 5 setter in AO. Endurance wise, he has enough for the power game, quick points he likes to play.

    Maybe he would like to trim down a bit, but I suspect his current injuries constrict his training habits. There may be limits to how much and what types of training he can do until he progresses to a stronger leve.

    Anna alluded to this in one of her posts which I found very interesting. It seems she has some inside info in this area. I wonder how? Is the Argentine press more detailed about this or is she able to have personal talks with the people around David?

    These are the kinds of things I have a lot of curiosity about but David is a mystery.

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  46. Well, when I talked about david having to gain weight to protect the abdominal zone, it was because I remember at least Three interviews with Barrionuevo, David's older PF. And I even remember that he had the theory that David should keep certain weight,( besides the abdominal thing) because if he weights less, he has the tendence to go weak and get more injured. Even when I'm still not getting the whole "fat to protect a muscle", he was right about something... everytime David loses weight he get injured more often/worst. (the example would be 07 when he started with the hip and also inguinal problem).

    Also, I don't know him in terms of friendship or similar like Tamar does. But i saw him in person several times outside court (some events)and he looks way different more fitter. And there's a thing: the guy redifine the concept of " broad shoulder" He is HUGE. I still wonder how Hewitt didn't end injured the bumping shoulders in AO was a ;). And not very proportional to his legs, I have to say.
    Another things, don't know why but the Yonex is not flatering. You look at him, not even in person but some pictures with normal clothes (and I'm talking about pictures with a furious fushia t-shirt, for example, and he looks thin. The same day a picture with the yonex clothes? Looks heavier. Way heavier. Or even yellow shirts (normal clothes) against the yonex's yellow? Way thinner. Never understood that either.

    Now, i don't see him fat. Not like he was at the beggining of 07 or in some part of the 08 when he couldn't train normally due his hip problem. Also there was said at 06 (with the second abdominal tear, in RG) that he wasn't going to be able to train that part normally again. (the two scars of several cms in his muscle)
    So he's bulk, he's big. Could he lose some pounds? Yes, but the past showed that he got his worst injuries when he was thinner. When he talked about how was going to be his life/career after the surgery, he said he was going to keep certain weigth more carefully now. (I remember this clearly because David never talks so openly). And since his surgery he's looking the same.

    About his diet? Maybe Tamar, if she post again here could say something. What the press says? Depends if they get along with him or not. there are journalists that respect David's wishes about not doing interviews often. And you have the "offended ones", the ones that are always waiting anything to jump on him for everything.

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